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March 17, 2019

Dreams, Salt, and Pride

Jacob Cooper, A - Watch, University of Washington


I knew that when I began hearing sail commands in echo in my dreams this was a life-changing experience. Having two years of sea-time helped me cope with the challenges of life on a tall ship. Mostly because I know how your mind goes a little crazy under the strain of the bitter sea which endlessly heaves mariners up, down and around.

Ava Stasiw, AB deckhand


Dear Dad,

Happy Birthday! Another year older, but never seeming to slow down. Did you ever think you would be here?

Allison Gaydeski, Beluga watch, Gap year


This morning started off like any other morning at anchor with a voice right outside my bunk letting me know it’s 6:30 am and breakfast will be starting in 30 minutes. I know I can get at least 10 more minutes of rest, but it’s a very dangerous game to play because I can’t press the snooze button on a person.

March 12, 2019

Soaking Up Every Moment

June Eikland, A Watch, Boston University


My day began with a gentle wake up at 6 am by Alle, “Good morning June, it’s 6 am. You have breakfast in 20 minutes, then after that you have watch. The weather is very nice outside.” It’s wonderful being able to plop right into bed without needing to turn on an alarm.

March 11, 2019

Field Day Reflections

Andrew Foley, A Watch, Lawrence University


The second to last field day of the voyage is scheduled for today, but as I have learned with life aboard, the schedule is always subject to change. Since I am part of A watch, that means I have the joy of cleaning every surface and dish in the galley.

March 10, 2019

A New Phase Begins

Allison Taylor, Chief Mate


We started a new phase in our watch-standing, having departed Port Antonio, Jamaica a little over twenty-four hours ago.  Now we begin what is called the shadow phase on board, in which a student is selected from the deck team to “shadow” the mate during the entire watch, listening closely to all of the information, as well as calling the set and strike of sails and other maneuvers (with some guidance). We switched the watches as well, so it is a big change on two fronts.

March 09, 2019

Goodbye Jamaica!!

Allyssa Stevenson, A Watch, American University


At this moment in time, I am certain of three things:

1) There is no better place to watch the sunset than on the ocean, - with friends - on top of the Elephant Table.
2) Community is everything.
3) Ginger beer is (and always has been) better than Ting.

March 08, 2019

Hello, Jamaica!

Natalie Bryce, A watch, University of Miami


Hello from the beautiful city of Port Antonio, Jamaica!  This is our second day docked in Errol Flynn marina.  Yesterday, classmates spent the day exploring markets and restaurants and sampling Jamaica’s famous jerk chicken.  Today was filled with exciting activities and exploring even more new places.

March 06, 2019

Whittle Me This

Helen Dufel, 1st Assistant Scientist


The calm seas, light winds, and beautiful sunsets have made the lab house top the ideal space for crafting. Each afternoon once the sun is low and the temperature drops shipmates far and wide emerge from their shady spots and bunk fans to enjoy some time on deck all together.

Sasha ‘Vuk’ Vukasovich, C Watch. Reed College


You wake up sweating. It sticks to you in a sheen mixed with dirt and the shine of sunscreen and mosquito spray left over from the day before yesterday. Tomorrow’s your shower day. Your bunk is an oven. Thick, maroon curtains trap the heat you made while asleep, your blanket is a crumpled heap at your feet.

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